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Submission Guidelines

Journal of Transnational American Studies

Exploring the transnational turn called for by Shelley Fisher Fishkin that has pushed the boundaries of postexceptional American Studies, JTAS welcomes original articles that critically engage the shifting conceptual terrain of "America." Questions of the borderlands/la frontera, archipelagic relations, imperial geographies, remapping Indigenous Studies, historiographies of revolutionary solidarity work across continents, and performative practices of transculturation and intercultures are only a few of the possibilities. In the journal's pages, you will encounter work from every discipline as well as interdisciplinary scholarship.

Submissions are accepted throughout the year.


  • must be original and not previously published online or in print;
  • should range between 5,000–8,000 words, including endnotes and bibliography;
  • follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, notes-and-bibliography style; and
  • include an abstract (not to exceed 250 words) and keywords.

You can download the Chicago Quick Citation Guide here and a copy of the JTAS style guide here. Although we prefer Chicago, we also accept manuscripts formatted in MLA (8th Edition).

To submit a manuscript for consideration, create an author account by clicking the orange "Submit" button and indicate "Article" when prompted for "Type of Submission."

Turnaround Times

We aim to inform authors about the screening process within two months and of a final decision on publication within six to eight months of submission.

Submission Process

Manuscripts will be considered for publication on the basis of their contributions to important and current discussions in transnational American Studies, and their scholarly competence and originality. Manuscripts submitted to the Articles section or the Special Forum section undergo a rigorous peer review by a minimum of two external reviewers.

There are three major steps to the peer review process:

  1. Upon receipt, each manuscript will be read to determine its suitability for publication prior to in-depth review.
  2. All manuscripts initially approved will be reviewed in a triple-blind process, starting with double-blind external review by at least two scholars with expertise in the relevant field(s).
  3. The Editorial Board will review the anonymous manuscript together with the reader reports and will make the final decision as to (1) whether or not a manuscript is ready for publication, and (2) if yes, which issue is the best fit for the manuscript. The Board may decide to accept a submission; request a revision*; or decline a submission. In cases where the Board provides substantial suggestions for revision, it might request the author to resubmit; and the resubmitted article will also undergo external peer review by two readers.
  4. * Articles to be resubmitted should be revised in a timely manner.

No Author or Reader Charges

JTAS is non-fee, non-commercial, free to authors and to readers. We have no submission charges or article processing charges (APC), and all published articles are immediately and freely available to readers.

Rights for Authors

Authors retain copyright for all content published in Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS). However, authors grant to the journal the right to publish the article under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license and to make available such content, in any format, in perpetuity. Authors may reproduce, in other contexts, content to which they possess the copyright, although in any subsequent publications JTAS should be acknowledged as the original publisher.